commute- going (usually) from home to work and from work to home everyday
killing me- very difficult for me
I know what you mean- I understand
walking distance- very close, you can walk there
not working out- It's not good for what I need
landlord- person who owns the building
repairs- fixing broken things
breaking down- becoming broken
budget- how much money you have to use
furnished- it has furniture included (sofa, bed, etc.)
utilities- electricity, water, gas, etc. You usually have to pay extra for these
Henry: I am so tired of my commute to work. Driving all
those hours is just killing me.
Lance: Yeah, I know what you mean. I used to drive two hours to work each way. But now I live within walking distance of my work. It's great.
Henry: You're kidding. I didn't know that. Did you move?
Lance: No, I got a new job near my work.
Henry: Well, I don't think I can change my job, but I am thinking about changing my apartment. The one I have just isn't working out.
Lance: What's wrong with it?
Henry: Well, besides being too far from work, I'm having some problems with my landlord. He keeps raising the rent, but he never does any repairs. Everything is breaking down.
Lance: That's terrible. Listen, I think there is a vacancy in my apartment building. And my landlord is excellent. And I'm sure it would be closer to your work than you are now.
Henry: Really? But is it expensive? My budget isn't that big.
Lance: No, it's not that expensive. And it's furnished and the utilities are included.
Henry: That sounds great. I'd love to see it. When can we go?
Lance: How about now?
Henry: Sure. I'll drive.
Questions and AnswersRead the questions and choose T (true) or F (false). Check your answers by clicking the arrow below.
1. Henry loves driving to work everyday.
2. Lance can walk to work.
3. Henry doesn't like his apartment.
4. Henry's apartment has a lot of broken things.
5. Henry likes his landlord.
6. Henry has a lot of money.
7. Lance doesn't know of any apartment vacancies.
8. Lance has to pay for the utilities in his apartment.